Alexander Siyaya Sikalumbu, known as DJ Siya will be performing at the Botswana Independence celebration later in September this year, he told The Villager during an interview this week. The Katima Mulilo born DJ started taking an interest in music at the age of 15 and he has not looked back since, as he grinds to earn himself a spot amongst some of Namibia’s most respected disc jockeys.
Although his height has him standing tall over the heads of many, he is nothing sort of shy and soft spoken. In his interview with The Villager, he could not contain his excitement over his musical journey and projects he is about to take on in music. DJ Siya prides himself as one of few Namibian artists who is still promoting local content in their booths.
Full Name: Alexander Siyaya Sikalumbu
Stage Name: DJ Siya
Occupation: DJ and Musician
Relationship Status: Married
When exactly did you find love for music?
I have always loved music, I officially started doing music in the late 1990s however, only gained recognition in 2003, at first, I was in the DJ business to earn an income but that changed day by day, I was the only male among six siblings, so I had to prove that I am the man but, years have passed and I, later on, grew a passion for it.
Where did your inspiration come from?
There are three people in my life that contributed significantly to the growth of my music career, people who believed in me no matter what, one was the legendary DJ Bolie, my Uncle John and Mubyama Mutonga.
You are a DJ, musician and a husband at the same time, how do you manage to balance between the three?
I usually just accept gigs that are happening during the weekend, and when I am at work I make sure I stay focus, and when I am home I don’t really think much about work but rather spent time with my wife.
What has been your biggest gig so far?
They are quite a lot; I played at the Jazz festival when South African artist Sahara was invited to perform here, the Eve show and performed in Zambia, Botswana. Performing in other countries has made me realise that I need to work extra hard to make sure I maintain the trust of the international crowd. I was actually surprised that people from that side loved my music, so I have been invited back again to perform in Botswana for their independence celebration. Lastly, I have also been the one doing the New Year’s countdown in Katima Mulilo for a couple of years now.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Katima Mulilo, I usually tell people that I belong to the whole region, not a specific village or town.
Would you say that the new DJs are doing enough to promote local content?
I don’t want to speak on behalf of someone but I personally make sure to play local music on my set, like they say ‘local is lekker’ and I am still PDK’s number one DJ till today.
What are you currently working on musically?
Unfortunately, this year I decided that I am not releasing any album but I am glad to say that I am now working with one of the best producers in the country and manager Mr Glo.
Who is your celebrity crush locally and internationally?
My wife is my crush man!!!!! Every day and all day, internationally, I am from Katima so I stick to reality.
Besides from music what else do you do?
I don’t really want to put my professional life out in the public. What’s your favourite dish that your wife also knows about? It’s a traditional meal called Isoto, I love it.